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Researchers Turn To Math In Search For Type 2 Diabetes Cure

A new research involved the creation of a microchip that can stimulate the production of insulin in mice. The device could be employed in creating a permanent treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Medicine December 6, 2016

Malaria Drug Artemisinin Spurs Cells To Produce Insulin, Shows Promise As Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Malaria drug was found to reverse alpha cells into beta cells, which contributes to the body's capacity to produce insulin. Future research will establish if this formula could treat type 1 diabetes.

Medicine December 3, 2016

High School Students Replicate Martin Shkreli's $750 Malaria Drug Daraprim For $2

Students from Sydney Grammar School in Australia were able to replicate the active ingredient in Turing Pharmaceuticals' malaria drug Daraprim in the school lab. The drug they produced costs only about $2 per dose.

Medicine December 2, 2016

Prostate Cancer Patient Cured After Being Given Male Hormone Testosterone To Shock Tumors

A patient with advanced prostate cancer did not show traces of the disease after receiving bipolar androgen therapy. The treatment involves flooding and starving the body with testosterone.

Medicine December 1, 2016

Platypus Venom May Be Key To Treating Type 2 Diabetes

A new study conducted by an Australian team of scientists suggests that a hormone found in both humans and animals could be changed in order to produce insulin. The research analyzed the evolutionary changes in the hormone's functions.

Medicine December 1, 2016

New MDMA Trials Moving Forward To Test Ecstasy As Treatment For PTSD

New research may have found a more efficient way of treating patients who suffer from PTSD: by using MDMA, which is ecstasy in its purest form. The assisted drug treatment could be approved by the FDA.

Medicine December 1, 2016

Smart Skin Patch Developed To Release Blood Thinners As Needed, Prevent Dangerous Blood Clots

A team of researchers from University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University invented a smart patch to treat thrombosis that causes serious health issues like stroke and heart attack. The HA-Heparin smart skin patch releases Heparin to prevent blood clot as and when required.

Medicine November 30, 2016

New Study Explores Connection Between A DNA Defect In The Glioblastoma Genome And Patient Survival

The functional role of two different DNA modifications in glioblastoma (GBM) cancer tissues was explained by a new research, being associated with patient survival. The research was conducted at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), and was published, Nov. 25, in the journal Nature.

Medicine November 28, 2016

New Drug Limits, Repairs Brain Damage In Stroke Patients

New research could contribute to the development of a new treatment for people who have undergone strokes. The results of the study were promising, with very good results in rodents.

Medicine November 27, 2016

Many LASIK Patients Experience New Eye Problems After Surgery

Patients who undergo LASIK eye surgery developed new vision problems after the procedure. What are the eye problems that patients developed after the surgery?

Medicine November 24, 2016

Formerly Conjoined Twins Set For Fastest Recovery From Surgery To Separate Connected Heads

Brothers Jadon and Anias McDonald are on a pace for the fastest recovery for craniopagus surgery. The formerly conjoined twins are set to be moved to a rehab facility six weeks after the procedure that separated their heads.

Medicine November 23, 2016

AstraZeneca Resumes Patient Enrollment For Head And Neck Cancer Trials After FDA Lifts Hold

AstraZeneca will resume patient enrollment in two of its trial programs for neck and head cancers. The FDA lifted the partial hold, which occurred after a series of patients suffered from bleeding as a side effect of the treatment.

Medicine November 24, 2016

New Antibody Can Neutralize 98 Percent Of HIV Strains

The newly identified N6 antibody was found potent in neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains making it an attractive candidate for developing a potential treatment or preventive tool for HIV infection. What makes this antibody different?

Medicine November 20, 2016

Clues To Cancer Evolution: Researchers Capture DNA Snippets Healthy Cells Produce Before Turning Cancerous

Researchers have identified a key DNA modification that could be employed in creating treatments aimed at cancer prevention. The technique would employ certain steps in the DNA replication process of the cells.

Medicine November 20, 2016

Hidden Connections Between DNA Variations And Common Diseases Discovered

A new study employed genetic mapping in a large number of subjects, both patients and a control group, to identify mutations of the genetic genome that could impact our health. A series of diseases were related to this genetic activity.

Medicine November 19, 2016

Ultra Long-Acting Oral Drug Delivery Platform Developed To Administer Medicine For Weeks

A team of researchers has developed an ultra long-acting oral drug delivery system that would help in the sustained release of drugs in the body. The system that can last up to two weeks in the stomach could be used in the treatment of disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Medicine November 18, 2016

Chinese Scientists Test CRISPR-edited Genes On Humans For The First Time

For the first time, research conducted in China has employed the CRISPR gene-editing technique to treat patients with cancer. Should the trial end with no significant side-effects, the method could become widely used.

Medicine November 16, 2016

Amgen Cholesterol Drug And Statin Combo Reduces Plaque Buildup In Arteries Of Heart Patients

Amgen's drug Repatha can shrink artery-clogging plaques when used together with statin. The combo also leads to a significant reduction in bad cholesterol levels among heart patients.

Medicine November 16, 2016

Statin Use Can Help Lower Death Risk For Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis And Psoriatic Arthritis: Study

A new study suggests that statin treatment can help improve survival rates for some arthritis patients by as much as 33 percent. This may be because of the drug's ability to reduce inflammation and lower lipids.

Medicine November 14, 2016

Arthritis Drug Celebrex Is Safe For Heart Health: Study

A new study has found that Pfizer Inc.'s arthritis drug Celebrex poses no higher danger to heart health when compared to its rivals, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. The findings challenge the common belief that the rival drugs provide superior cardiovascular health safety, researchers said.

Medicine November 13, 2016

Common Acne Bacterium Actually Saves You From Other Skin Diseases

A bacterium was found to secrete a protein that helps people against developing different skin diseases. The quantity of the bacterium was correlated with the severity of skin diseases in patients.

Medicine November 14, 2016

PTSD Manifests Differently In Brains Of Adolescent Boys And Girls: Study

Girls and boys have different reactions to PTSD. A new study suggests thatt gender plays an important role in understanding the way trauma has affected the brains of young people, which could improve differentiated treatment.

Medicine November 12, 2016

Researchers Develop ‘Functional Cure’ for HIV To Do Away With Anti-Retroviral Therapy

In a two-year-long study, researchers monitored the responses of the immune system with a new treatment that would replace anti-retroviral therapy. The experimental study could change the way we are looking for an AIDS treatment.

Medicine November 11, 2016

Bayer Seeks FDA Approval For Regorafenib As Liver Cancer Treatment

German drugmaker Bayer on Monday submitted an sNDA proposal to the FDA for the extension of its drug Regorafenib as a second-line treatment for liver cancer. The drug is currently used to treat colorectal cancer.

Medicine November 8, 2016

New Antibody Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses Against Zika Virus

Researchers in the United States have identified a human antibody that can potentially protect pregnant women and their fetus from Zika virus infection. Experts hope the antiviral can lead to development of effective treatments.

Medicine November 8, 2016

Bad Genes Aren't Always Bad News: Study

A new study identified a connection between genetic suppression and disease-causing genes. The study, carried out on yeast, proved that not all genetic mutations are harmful to the human body.

Medicine November 7, 2016

Merck Clears Clinical Trial Milestone, Shows Promise With Alzheimer’s Drug Verubecestat

A new drug developed by Merck shows promise for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Verubecestat, which is currently under clinical trial, is said to halt the beta amyloid plaque formation in brain.

Medicine November 3, 2016

Palatin Drug That Boosts Sexual Desire In Women Succeeds In Trials

Palatin's libido drug succeeded in phase 3 trials involving women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder. What is the most common side effect of the sexual desire drug?

Medicine November 1, 2016

Social Media Could Be An Effective Tool Against Antibiotic Resistance: Study

A new study suggested social media use could increase the knowledge and correct implementation of antibiotics in young medical residents. The study used Facebook and Twitter to test the interns' knowledge.

Medicine November 2, 2016

New High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Technique Found Effective Against Chronic Leg, Back Pain

For patients with severe, chronic back and leg pain, a new high-frequency spinal cord stimulation technique provides superior clinical outcomes, according to a new study. The finding could improve treatment in patients showing these symptoms.

Medicine October 31, 2016

Certain Mitochondrial DNA Mutations May Increase Autism Risk In Children

A new study has confirmed a genetic link between mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on from the mother, and some forms of autism spectrum disorder. Further research will inspect other age-related affections in mothers.

Medicine November 1, 2016

An Unlikely Ally: Researchers Turning To Spider Venom To Improve Human Health

Spiders could provide means to improve human research and medication. A team of scientists is currently investigating the substances making the over 500 toxins in spiders' venoms so powerful.

Medicine October 31, 2016

Brain Region Responsible For Placebo Effect In Pain Relief Identified

The brain region responsible for rendering pain relief to patients on placebo treatment was discovered by researchers from Northwestern Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The discovery could help physicians provide individualized treatment to patients with chronic pain.

Medicine October 31, 2016

New Immunotherapy Technique Eliminates Up To 90 Percent Of Anaphylactic Response In Food Allergies With Just One Treatment

A novel immunotherapy technique reversed peanut and egg white allergies in experimental mice. The treatment reduced anaphylactic responses in mice by 90 percent with just a single treatment.

Medicine October 28, 2016

Researchers Turn To Gene Editing System CRISPR To Facilitate Research On Curing HIV

Researchers used a gene editing system, CRISPR, to test on different series of mutations. The team looked into the differences that could be responsible for some immune cells resistant to HIV.

Medicine October 27, 2016

Prescription Testosterone, Other Steroid Drugs Product Labels Get New Warning From FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug administration is stepping up with warnings for prescription drugs that treat low testosterone. The abuse of the said drugs has been proven to be linked with heart-related and mental health problems, among others.

Medicine October 26, 2016

FDA Gives Merck Green Light To Market Keytruda Lung Cancer Drug

Merck's cancer drug Keytruda got the nod of U.S. regulators as a first-line drug for treating metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. For the pharmaceutical company, the FDA approval opens a big market for it.

Medicine October 26, 2016

New Wonder Drug? New Ibuprofen Formulation Touted As Safer, Offering Faster Pain Relief Than Current Version

Researchers have developed a new formulation for ibuprofen. According to a study, ibuprofen arginine is effective at addressing the pitfalls the drug’s current version has.

Medicine October 15, 2016

Dementia Risks Increase In Men Given Testosterone-Lowering Drugs To Treat Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer patients treated with Androgen Deprivation Therapy, the testosterone-lowering drugs, are twice likely to develop dementia than patients who didn’t receive testosterone medication, reports a recent study.

Medicine October 19, 2016

People Infected With Zika May Not Be Susceptible To The Virus Again: Study

A new study has found that people infected with Zika may become immune to the virus, as infection provides excellent protection against reinfection. The research was carried out by a series of collaborators.

Medicine October 14, 2016

NIH, Emory Researchers Achieve Sustained HIV Remission In Monkeys

NIH and Emory University researchers have found that it’s possible for the simian immunodeficiency virus, HIV’s form in primates, to undergo sustained remission. This opens up the possibility of sustained HIV remission in human patients.

Medicine October 14, 2016

Doctors Still Know Best: Human Physicians Outperform Symptom-Checker Apps In Offering Correct Diagnoses, Says Study

A new study has found that physicians diagnose far better than digital applications, especially when it comes to more complicated conditions with specific symptoms.

Medicine October 12, 2016

Lung Cancer Treatment: Keytruda Better Than Chemotherapy In Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Clinical trial showed Merck's immune boosting drug Keytruda is better than chemotherapy in patients with lung cancer. Bristol-Myers' Opdivo, however, fared worse than the older chemotherapy.

Medicine October 10, 2016

Exelixis Cabometyx, Pfizer Sutent Compete In Kidney Cancer Clinical Trial

Cabozantinib was found to improve progression-free survival in metastatic renal cell carcinoma. A clinical study for the treatment of metastatic kidney cancer suggested cabozantinib will potentially become a first-line treatment.

Medicine October 11, 2016

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